Ace reveals second-annual cool-stores list
Ace Hardware Corp. has recognized six member stores with the company’s second-annual “Coolest Hardware Store” awards.
The six winners, named during Ace’s annual Platinum Conference held recently in Las Vegas, share common traits yet offer local flavor and product selection above and beyond most hardware stores:
• Ace Mountain Hardware and Sports, Truckee, Calif. – Employee-owned Ace Mountain Hardware and Sports, which opened its doors in 1977, has successfully combined multiple retail concepts under one roof for an experience that’s as enticing as the Sierra Nevada Mountains outside its doors.
• Simpson Ace Hardware and Sports, Sumter, S.C. – The Simpsons make sure the product selection of this third-generation hardware store appeals to the entire family. From local team apparel and gifts to fireplaces, kayaks and hunting gear — not to mention hardware store staples like hand tools, power tools and paint — Simpson Ace Hardware and Sports is a one-stop-shop serving the Midlands.
• Intown Ace Hardware, Decatur, Ga. – Intown Ace Hardware’s departments stretch far beyond classic hardware store offerings to offer customers art supplies, toys, kitchen supplies and gifts, all uniquely displayed with the help of vintage appliances and antiques. It’s “small town America” meets modern in the heart of the Atlanta area.
• Crowder Brothers Ace Hardware, Lakewood Ranch, Fla. – The store Ron Crowder opened in the largest green certified planned community in the United States combines a 6,000-sq.-ft. gifts and gadgets store and an 18,000-sq.-ft. hardware store that offers premium home maintenance products alongside Grandma Crowder’s homemade fudge.
• Bomberger’s Store, Lititz, Pa. – The store is a veritable Main Street USA under one roof, complete with a café serving homemade baked goods, a team of nine professional technicians to service lawn and garden equipment and rental equipment, and an in-house remodeling and design team to complement the store’s vast cabinet and countertop offerings.
• Hillcrest Ace Hardware, San Diego – In addition to hardware staples and robust paint and lawn and garden departments, Hillcrest Ace Hardware sells work of local artists, appliances, pet products and gift items in a welcoming environment that is fun for associates and customers alike.
“One of the best attributes about Ace Hardware and one of our biggest competitive advantages is the uniqueness of our stores,” said Kane Calamari, VP retail operations and new business at Ace Hardware Corporation. “We applaud all of our winning stores, their owners and staff, for their efforts to provide customers with products and services that fit their communities and ways of life.”
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Do it Best promotes merchant
Mike Post, an 11-year veteran of Do it Best Corp., has been promoted to the position of merchandise manager in the home decor category.
Post joined Do it Best in 2004 as an assistant merchandise manager in farm and ranch and most recently worked as an associate in building specialties, a position he’s served in for the past five-plus years.
In his new role, Post will develop retail planogram assortments, in-store promotions and out-of-store advertising/promotional strategies in home decor, a category that falls within the co-op’s lumber and building materials department. He reports directly to Quent Ondricek, VP lumber and building materials for Do it Best.
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Ace launches holiday makeover contest
Ace Hardware Corp. plans to give away a complete room makeover as part of its Merry Paint Makeover design contest.
It works like this: Through No. 26, homeowners can go to Ace’s Facebook page and upload a photo and 100-word description of a room in their house that needs home improvement for the holiday season.
"We all have at least one room in our house that could use a little more love," said Mary Rice, president and general manager of Ace Paint. "Our panel of seasoned design experts will help the winning Ace Facebook fan turn their ho-hum space into a festive place for the holidays, while also providing tips and advice for all homeowners who want to create an inviting space for family and friends this holiday season."
The panel of three interior designers offers color and design inspiration to Ace shoppers, according to the Oak Brook, Ill.-based hardware co-op.
Winners will be announced in early December. The grand-prize winner will receive a complete room makeover valued at more than $10,000, which will include a consultation and on-site management by one of Ace’s design experts and volunteers from the winner’s local Ace Hardware store.
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